Welcome to the Journey


A project to celebrate the quarrying and stone working heritage of Rossendale.  From the late 18th Century to the time of the First World War quarrying was a major industry in Rossendale, employing thousands of men.

Rossendale stone was exported in huge quantities throughout the UK and beyond.

The Valley of Stone project tells the story of this great industry, conserving remains, provides a programme of guided walks featuring Rossendale's stone working heritage and celebrates this heritage through a number of arts-based activities.

In the beginning - how the rocks in Rossendale developed
Men & Machines - discover the quarry processes, techniques and machinery

History of Quarrying - From early origins to massive scale quarrying and the men who did it.
Stone in the Landscape - discover the rich adaptations of Rossendale stone and its exports elsewhere